James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Alexander Hamilton, [11 May] 1788

From Alexander Hamilton

[11 May 1788]

My Dr Sir

I believe I am in your debt a letter or two, which is owing to my occapations [sic] in relation to the elections &c.

These are now over in this state, but the result is not known. All depends upon Albany where both sides claim the victory. Our doubts will not be removed till the latter end of the month. I hope your expectations of Virginia have not diminished.

Respecting the first volume of Publius I have executed your commands.1 The books have been sent addressed to the care of Governor Randall.2 The second we are informed will be out in the course of a week, & an equal number shall be forwarded.

Inclosed is a letter committed to my care by a Mr. Van der Kemp3 which I forward with pleasure. Believe me with great attachment Yrs

A Hamilton

RC (DLC). Addressed and franked by Hamilton. Docketed by JM. Postmarked, “New York May 11.”

1The first volume of The Federalist was published on 22 Mar. Nicholas had requested copies of the work in his letter to JM of 5 Apr.

2Edmund Randolph.

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